Laminate flooring is a versatile and durable option for almost any room in your home. With the latest advancements in durability, appearance and cost-effectiveness, Laminates have become more popular in recent years. There are many advantages to selecting laminates if you’re looking to finish a new floor or replace existing, worn-out flooring.
One of leading reasons so many people have been turning to laminate flooring is its ease of installation. Even novices can usually take on a laminate flooring project, with its user-friendly and intuitive tongue-and-groove installation, notes BuildDirect (bad link). As a glueless option that requires very little carpentry work, it’s a great beginner project for a new homeowner or someone inclined to do-it-yourself projects. Plus, as a pre-cut and produced product, there is very little waste left over.
In turn, this helps keep costs down by making it a more accessible flooring option than many other materials. This only helps to buoy laminate flooring’s position as one of the most affordable options on the market. Priced on average at $1 to $5 per square foot, according to Home Flooring Pros, laminate flooring is also often backed by a 15-year or longer manufacturer’s warranty.
Speaking of laminate’s buoyed position, that’s another one of its advantages. Just as buoys float on the water, laminate is a “floating” floor, and can easily be laid directly on top of existing flooring and easily leveled atop an uneven surface, according to Realtor.com. This also makes laminate a good option for flooring in a finished concrete basement or over existing damaged hardwood floors.
Laminate flooring is also available in a number of styles, colors and patterns that make it an exceptionally versatile option to accent existing cabinetry or décor. It’s also very durable, capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic or impacts, and is generally water resistant. With so many advantages, it’s easy to see why laminate flooring has become such a popular choice in so many homes from coast to coast.